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Body Scrub, Make-up Remover and Moisturiser: 8 Beauty Hacks For Every Coconut Oil Fan

Pascale Day
By Pascale Day Published on 3 December 2015
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Everyone knows coconut oil is the staple of every health nut's cupboard. The white stuff is having a real moment in the limelight right now, and it's not hard to see why: from spreading it on toast to slathering it on your body, coconut oil works wonders with pretty much everything it touches. Here's all the life hacks you need to get the most out of your coconut oil.

1. Makeup remover

Even the most stubborn of liquid eyeliner or the most waterproof of mascaras is no match for coconut oil. You can apply it directly to your face, or use a handy wipe like the RMS Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipe, which, let's face, it a whole lot less messy than trying to work out how much to use and smudging it all over your face using your hands. These wipes are 100% natural and eco-friendly, and make your face feel ridiculously soft.

2. Body scrub

You can get your DIY on to create an awesome and cheap body scrub! Simply take a dollop of coconut oil and mix with some coarse salt, such as Himalayan pink salt. And then all you have to do is rub it all over your skin. That's it! Plus, coconut oil goes pretty far, so you don't even need to use that much.

3. Hair treatment

If you've got dry hair and/or a dry scalp, smother your scalp and hair in coconut oil and leave it for up to an hour. Then wash it out! Some say that it takes a couple of washes to completely get the oil out of your hair, so maybe do it on a weekend where you've not got much on. Otherwise, you can use Kiehl's Amino Acid shampoo and conditioner. It combines - surprise surprise! - amino acids with coconut oil, which'll moisturise and cleanse the top of your noggin. Delightful.

4. Moisturiser

It's as simple as this: slather on your face and leave it to soak in. Coconut oil is a natural antioxidant, so it'll get to work on your wrinkles as soon as it hits skin. It also doesn't clog up your pores like other moisturisers, so it's great for those with acne-prone skin. It's perf in winter weather because it's provides a really deep nourish. CHANGE!!

5. Teeth cleaner

Oil pulling a popular pastime of coconut oil users. This involves taking a spoonful of oil and swishing it around your gob for 20 minutes. Oil pulling gets rid of all the nasty germs in your mouth and can lead to whiter teeth, healthier gums, fresher breath and cavity prevention. But we warn you: this is not for those with a sensitive gag reflex. The oil doesn't taste like delicious coconuts, it tastes and feels like oil, so it's not the most pleasant experience, but the benefits are totally worth it.

6. Lip balm

Coconut oil is great for cracked and chapped lips, especially in winter. You can pack a bit of the white stuff into a little container and carry it round in your handbag. Why not try and mix it with a little bit of your favourite lipstick and make a balm that moisturises and gives you a splash of colour. Just literally mash them together and you're done!

7. Psoriasis treatment

For psoriasis sufferers, this stuff is the holy grail. Because coconut oil is so good at holding in moisture, it can help sooth the effects of psoriasis. So next time it flares up, just rub a little of the oil onto the affected spot and feel it instantly calm.

8. Cracked heels

Cracked heels are a pain. Literally. Not only can they be painful, but they're also impractical, and, well, they just look bad. Because of its slow absorbent nature, spreading the oil on your feet means that it will slowly moisturise your cracked heels instead of absorbing straight into your skin like other moisturisers. So you can apply the oil right before bed, slip on a pair of clean socks, and wake up in the morning with much smoother skin.

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